Two draws hurt DFS players this week but a new champion was crowned and a record was broken. Richard Mann returns for a statistical breakdown of Saturday's events.
Fantasy AnalysisMcCall will have not seen live competition for nearly three years when he steps into the ring for the Japan-based promotion. When he does, the 33-year-old will compete at bantamweight (135 pounds) after spending the majority of his UFC career at flyweight (125 pounds). "Uncle Creepy" will enter the grand prix tournament, which began in July, as a wild card candidate. Should he emerge victorious over the 23-year-old Manel Kape, he would advance to the semifinals, which take place just two days later on New Year's Eve.
Fantasy AnalysisLewis was understandably heartbroken after being forced to withdraw from his UFC 216 matchup against Fabricio Werdum due to back problems, but that doesn't mean he plans to rush his recovery. Although Lewis has been medically cleared to fight, his team wants to wait to see the picture painted by a recent MRI in hopes of determining the exact issue that is ailing him. He doesn't seem concerned that this is a long-term problem, but will continue to take precautionary measures. Lewis is currently the promotion's No. 6-ranked heavyweight, and despite losing his most recent fight to Mark Hunt, he remains only a fight or two away from a title shot in a shallow heavyweight division.
Fantasy AnalysisGodbeer and Harris were supposed to throw down on the UFC 216 prelims, but when Derrick Lewis withdrew from his main card matchup against Fabricio Werdum with a back injury, the promotion called upon Harris to fill the void. Nobody can blame Harris for jumping on the opportunity (though he was submitted quickly by Werdum), but the last-minute change left Godbeer without a fight. The UFC will now make it up to Godbeer in a big way, allowing him to fight on some of the most hallowed ground in combat sports history, though it will once again come on the early prelims. Since Harris didn't take much damage in the Werdum matchup, there should be no problems sanctioning this bout just a few weeks later. According to OddsShark, Godbeer was a (+260) underdog prior to the last event's reshuffling.
Fantasy AnalysisThe two were originally scheduled to fight at UFC 216, but when Derrick Lewis dropped out of the pay-per-view card with a back injury, Harris was called upon to face Lewis' opponent, Fabricio Werdum. Harris didn't stand a chance against the MMA legend, especially on less than a day's notice, as he was submitted by the 39-year-old in less than a minute. One can hardly blame Harris for jumping on the opportunity, and since he took so little physical damage in that matchup, he'll be ready to fight Godbeer just a few weeks later. This is the opponent he originally prepared for, so the state will have no problem sanctioning the event. Harris was a heavy betting favorite for their previously scheduled matchup, so don't expect much to change this time around.
Fantasy AnalysisAlves is still traveling to Poland (via his personal Twitter account), but remains without an opponent for Saturday's fight card. Any short-notice replacement may have to deal with work visa issues as well, which further complicates the manner. Stay tuned for a replacement announcement that would have to occur early in the week, otherwise the fight may simply be re-booked for a later date.
Fantasy AnalysisWith the fight scheduled to take place next week, matchmakers will now be scrambling to find a new opponent for Alves for the preliminary card. Any specifics surrounding the injury or a timetable for a return are yet to be given for Wallhead.
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